Australia: SA Boosts Free Legal Aid

South Australians will now be able to access further free legal services as the COVID-19 outbreak hits the community harder.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman announced the funding for legal aid services would be boosted to allow for more capacity of its free telephone and online legal services.

“The virus is turning lives upside down and causing many legal headaches, but increased assistance is now available and it’s free,” AG Chapman said.

The services are prioritising COVID-19 legal enquiries about employment, family violence and welfare, landlord and tenant issues, mortgage stress, consumer protection, abuse of elderly people, immigration visas and credit and family law disputes over childcare.

Ms Chapman said legal aid also has specialist legal teams to assist victims of all domestic violence incidents, and those teams are “well prepared” to cope with COVID-19 impacts.

Read the full article at Lawyers Weekly Australia